Salaam and Peace to all,
There is no doubt that there are benefits of the casino business, but facts confirm that the harm caused by the casino business is much more. It harms our faith, social life and economy, and not one of us, either for or against casinos, likes to see its ill effects in our community, or any other community.
The statement of our founding fathers stands clearly against gambling and I would like to quote the words of President Thomas Jefferson :
“In a world which furnishes so many employments which are useful, so many of which are amusing, it is our own fault if we ever know what ennui [weariness; heaviness] is, or if we are ever driven to the miserable resources of gaming, which corrupts our dispositions, and teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind” (S.E. Forman, The Life and Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Company, 1900), p. 266, in a letter to Martha Jefferson, 1787.)
On behalf of the Muslim community I do support Yes on Question 3, the ballot question to undo the casino law.
Wissam Abdul Baki Ph.D.
Imam of The Islamic Society of western MA